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Finally!!!

A bit delayed getting this posted, but better late than never.  During 1st rifle season in CO, I got my 1st elk!  It was opening day, and we continued working our way through some dark timber after sitting down for lunch.  We both saw some brown about the same time.  I braced myself against the nearest tree, looking and hoping for a shot opportunity.  My Dad was a couple feet back and to my left.  From his viewpoint, he saw a cow walk across a small break in the trees about 50 yards away.  I reposition on the other side of the tree, and now I had a shooting lane.  He could see the elk coming across the opening before me, so he was whispering what was coming next.  I tried to tell him that if he had a shot on a bull, he needed to take it.  However, being the stubborn Dad that he is, he insisted that I take the shot, despite the fact he hasn't got an elk in many years.  When a bull crossed the shooting lane, I pulled the trigger.  

We were able to get the elk gutted and skinned.  The next day, we were able to get everything cut up and hauled out.  It was amazing how much work it is to cut up and haul out an elk.  I have read over and over how much work it is, but I really didn't appreciate how true that is until doing it.  

It was an amazing experience, and I am glad that I was able to share it with my Dad!  We have spent the last ~5 years discussing, strategizing and dreaming about getting an elk in that area.  For it to finally come together like it did was incredible!

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Congrats on the bull, and you

Congrats on the bull, and you are right.  No one actually realizes just how big they are or how much work it is go get one out until you have one on the ground and you walk up to it. 

About your dad, they are just that way.  I know of dads that would much rather their kids kill the animal than shooting it themselves.  I do know that if I had a kid hunting with me that they would get all the shots.  But then I would make them do all the work to get the animal out. Whistling

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Congratulation on a great

Congratulation on a great first bull. Now you know the truth about the say, "The work begins once the animal is down".Letting your kid take the shot and get an animal is a dad thing. My son is 27 and I still let him or insist he take the shot if we can. Guess it is that nurturing instinct that never leaves you.

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Super cool !

Congrats on a super first bull !

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Congrats on your bull!!!

Congrats on your bull!!! Maybe next year will be my year, I plan on cashing in my 3 points in unit 77/78 first rifle.

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Congratulations on that first

Congratulations on that first elk!!! That is something you will cherish forever with your Dad and the memories! 

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elk

Great first elk!!! Congrats and that sure makes the trip and some memories with your dad!!!

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congrats!

congrats!

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Congrats

Congrats on a nice bull and story.

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Thanks!

Thanks for all the congrats!

Finally finished the antler mount.  Here it is.

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Looks nice!

Looks nice!

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